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Topological design and optimisation with 3D-printed microwave devices


   Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

3D printing (or additive manufacturing) techniques have broken the boundaries of traditionally manufactured rectangular or cylindrical shaped microwave waveguide components. New and irregular geometry structures, ingenious designs, and new or further optimised performance characteristics are made possible. To take full advantage of the unique capabilities of this emerging manufacture technique, traditional microwave design must be adapted and coupled with consideration of printability and productivity. The high demand for multi-domain topological optimisation is foreseeable. Many such software tools have become available for mechanical and thermal design, but not necessarily usable for microwave design. This PhD project will follow a research programme, aiming to establish an effective framework of topological design and optimisation for microwave devices manufactured by 3D printing techniques. The concerned microwave components may include filters, antennas, OMTs and other signal distribution networks.

You will work with a group PhD students and postdoc research fellows from the Emerging Device Technology (EDT) Research Lab. Our Lab is well equipped with microwave measurement equipment and also have access to a range of 3D printers.

Applications are sought from highly qualified students with first degree (1st class or equivalent ONLY) in Physics or Engineering. Due to the nature of the project, excellent analytical and mathematical skills are essential. Experience with FEM modelling may be an advantage.


Funding Notes

You can search for source of funding at View Website. For details of the funding available and advice on making your application, please contact Dr Yi Wang () in the first instance.

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